7 Fantastic Irish Bars To Try Right Now In Boston

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7 Fantastic Irish Bars To Try Right Now In Boston

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Boston!

The Saint Patrick’s parade may be canceled and pub crawls may be off the table this year, but that doesn’t mean we cannot still (safely) celebrate St. Paddy’s and the Irish culture that so deeply defines our city.  This past year, the city’s Irish bars and restaurants have been greatly affected by the pandemic with many classic Boston joints having to close for good and need our support more than ever.

So this St. Patrick’s Day consider checking out one of these awesome spots, or order food and drink to enjoy safely at home. Just remember to wear your mask, maintain the safety distance and not to line up outside the bars as indicated by city guidelines. With the luck of the Irish, we’ll be enjoying our usual St. Patrick’s festivities this time next year!

1. Sólás, Back Bay

Nestled into the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street, this modern Irish pub in the heart of Boston is perfect for cozying up with a few pints of Guinness and some tasty pub fare. Sólás is currently offering socially-distant seating both inside and in its outdoor patio. Its St. Patrick’s Day specials, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef Stew, along with its full menu are also available for take out and delivery.

Find it at 710 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.

2. The Black Rose, Faneuil Hall

Located just steps away from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, The Black Rose is one of Boston’s oldest and most traditional Irish pubs. The pub is best known for its live Irish music, and while live performances may not be allowed yet, at the Black Rose you’ll still find endless pints of Guinness poured by bartenders from authentic brogues, excellent pub fare, and plenty of Irish coffee to go around this St. Patrick’s Day!

Find it at 160 State St, Boston, MA 02109.

3. The Druid, Cambridge

A regular hangout spot for locals and an institution of Inman Square, The Druid offers a traditional Irish pub experience all the way from the pints of Guinness to its dark wood décor and live music. The Druid is also currently offering outdoor patio seating as well as take-out options for you to enjoy St. Patrick’s safely!

Find it at 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge. 

4. Mr. Dooley’s, Waterfront

A staple of Boston’s waterfront bar scene, Mr. Dooley’s has been a popular hangout spot for journalists and politicians alike since the early 90s. “A great place for a pint and a chat,” as the pub so accurately describes itself, it offers entertainment all week long along with authentic Irish pub fare — it even has Kerrygold butter. Mr. Dooley’s is currently offering both indoor and patio seating and is also serving Cornbeef menus for St. Patrick’s Day.


Find it at 77 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109.

5. The Burren, Davis Square

One of the most popular Irish bars on the other side of the Charles, The Burren has been serving pints upon pints of Guinness for the last 25 years. This year, the pub is making up for last year’s lost St. Patrick’s celebrations and will be opening for breakfast at 9 a.m. and closing at 2 a.m. so you can enjoy as many pints, corn beef and Irish music as your heart desires.

Find it at  247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144.

6. J.J. Foley’s Café, South End

Founded back in 1909 by the Foley family, this South Boston pub has really stood the test of time. It has been serving patrons for over 100 through the best and worst times of history and continues to be a major staple of Boston’s Irish scene. On its menu, you’ll find an extensive list of seasonal offerings along with creative daily specials and a comprehensive list of brews, wines and spirits that includes Guinness, of course. J.J. Foley’s is currently opened for indoor seating and its Fay St. patio is also now open for dining.

Find it at 117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118.

7. Brendan Behan Pub, Jamaica Plain

Named after the famous Irish playwright, this Jamaica Plain pub has been voted ‘Best Irish Bar In Boston’ four times by the Boston Magazine since its opening in 1988. Here you may not find any food on the menu, but this small, no-frills pub is perfect for grabbing a few pints with your friends and if you’re feeling peckish, bar owners encourage their patrons to bring their own food, so you can grab some on the go from the local take out spots! The Brendan Behan is cash-only and has recently opened the back patio for outdoor dining.

Find it at 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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